Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network


To aid State and local governments, local communities, nonprofit organizations and the private sector in conserving, restoring and interpreting important historic, cultural, recreational and natural resources within the Chesapeake Bay watershed and increasing public access to the Bay.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: National Park Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Since 2000, the program has provided
more than $1.3 million for 24 community projects. Fiscal Year 2015: No information available. Fiscal Year 2016: No information available.
Chesapeake Bay Initiative Act of 1993, Public Law 105-312, Section 501-2.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants must be either a non-profit organization (qualified as such under section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code) or a state or local government. For Federal sites, only non-Federal partner organizations may apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General Public.
Financial Assistance applications may be submitted by either the managing organization for a designated Gateway or a partner organization designated to carry out the project at the Gateway. The applicant must either be a non-profit organization qualified as such under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code or a state or local government. Those organizations, acting as a non-federal partner to a federally managed Gateway, may also submit an application supporting a project at a federally managed Gateway. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Applicants must comply with all applicable federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations. Applicants are required to complete an Environmental Screening Form (ESF) for their proposed project. Applicants are required to document local support for the project. Applicants are also required to consult with affected agencies (including the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), state agencies in charge of endangered species, and local planning and zoning officials) in developing their projects as required under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act of 1967 (NHPA) as amended. Applicants are required to obtain any Federal, state or local permits that may be necessary. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The grant opportunity will be posted on Additional information can be found at the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network web site, Typically, by the first of each year, the Chesapeake Bay Gateway and Watertrails Network web site,, displays information about the application process. Any information about activities that may receive priority attention will also be posted.
Award Procedure
The application request is reviewed by National Park Service (NPS) staff. Staff discusses the proposals and recommend to the Superintendent, NPS Chesapeake Bay Program Office, proposals to be funded. The Superintendent makes the final decision on funding. Applicants selected for funding are then contacted regarding next steps.
Mar 07, 2013: March or early April. For public information, deadlines are displayed at and at the Gateways website, The application deadline is typically set for March or early April.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
It typically takes an estimated 45 to 60 days after the application deadline for selection and award or disapproval.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are evaluated on the basis of: clarity and credibility of the project’s scope and budget; clarity of project objectives and deliverables, and the plans for sustaining them over time; effectiveness in improving public access to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries; and adherence to the requirements of low impact development and universal accessibility. Consideration is also given to: advancing the development of designated CBGN water trails, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (CAJO), and/or the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail (STSP); creating access that addresses gaps in the accessibility and usability of a CBGN water trail and/or a segment of the CAJO and/or STSP; readiness for construction, especially status of environmental and cultural consultation, compliance and permitting; leveraging of Federal funds; opportunity for citizen volunteers to be directly involved in project development and implementation; and building working relationships among Gateways partners through cooperative projects.
How may assistance be used?
Gateways and Trails awards assist public water access site development projects that advance the development of designated Gateways water trails, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, and/or the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. Projects must occur within the Chesapeake Bay watershed and be specifically targeted to development of public water access facility projects such as boat-related access, swimming access, fishing access, and or viewing access for water wildlife and shoreline areas.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
All projects and activities are monitored for progress and compliance with the use of semi-annual and final narrative reports. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. An interim and final SF 425 Federal Financial Report is required. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
The recipient must maintain a complete, detailed accounting system to report expenditures of funds and accomplishments achieved under the award. Records, accounts, and supporting documents must be retained for 3 years after submission for final request for reimbursement.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 50.%. Per Public Law 105-312, Section 501 requested funds shall not exceed 50 percent (50%) of eligible project costs and shall be made on the condition that non-federal sources, including in-kind contributions of services or materials, provide the remainder of eligible project costs. This means that Federal funds must be matched by an equal or greater amount of non-federal funds which may include in-kind contributions of services or materials including volunteer labor, cash or revenue sources dedicated to the same project. This matching requirements is for the period of performance of the award only. Applicants should read the financial assistance program guidelines for detail on the various kinds and qualifications of matching funds. In addition, no more than 10 percent (10%) of all eligible direct project costs can be used for administrative expenses.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The project period is set by the requirements of the project but is typically for a time period not to exceed 24 months. Assistance is provided on a reimbursement basis through US Treasury ASAP system. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is provided on a reimbursement basis.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Peggy Wall, Administrative Officer, Chesapeake Bay Office, NPS, 410 Severn Avenue, Suite 314, Annapolis, Maryland 21403. (410) 260-2473, Fax: (410) 263-2135. E-mail:
Headquarters Office
Bob Campbell 410 Severn Avenue, Suite 314, Annapolis, Maryland 21403 Email: Phone: (410) 260-2478
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $567,476; FY 15 est $500,000; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $30,000.00 - $125,000.00
Average: $70,000.00.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR Part 225 and check
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Projects for education, youth employment,
stewardship programs, and public access and trail
development. Each project is leveraged through
matching funds, in-kind services, and volunteer
hours. Since the program’s inception, every
Federal dollar invested has leveraged
$1.54 in nonfederal contributions. Fiscal Year 2015: No information available. Fiscal Year 2016: No information available.


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